Business Management

Good business management skills are vital in the beef cattle industry. Tips on applying RFID tags, performing a beef quality audit, pricing meat cuts, conditioning cattle for market and understanding beef carcass yields and losses during processing.

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Cattle grazing on pasture. Photo credit: Dr. Jessica Williamson
Profiting From PA Forages - Workshops Workshops

Profiting From PA Forages

Multiple Options Available

Free
In this day-long course, beef cattle producers will learn how to optimize the use of forages on their farms. More
Cattle on pasture. Photo credit: Dr. Jessica Williamson, Penn State Extension
So You Want to Raise Beef Cattle? - Workshops Workshops

So You Want to Raise Beef Cattle?

Multiple Options Available

Free
In this introductory course, individuals interested in beginning a beef enterprise will be introduced to a variety of topics. More
Northern Tier Beef Series
Northern Tier Beef Series - Workshops Workshops
Free
The Penn State Extension livestock team will offer the same beef producer seminar in three locations. Topics will include how to read and understand performance data on bulls and marketing feeder calves. More
Grass-fed Beef Production
Grass-fed Beef Production - Videos Videos

Grass-fed Beef Production

Tara L. Felix, Jessica A. Williamson, Ph.D., David Hartman

9:50

Grass-fed beef production in the United States is on the rise. However, there are important management and forage quality factors that must be consider. More
Photo: USDA, Ryan Thompson
Profitable Meat Marketing Workshop - Workshops Workshops
Free
The goal of the workshop is for participants to learn if they are covering all their meat marketing costs - includes their time - and make a profit More
Navigating Pathways to Success: The 2016 National Beef Quality Audit
Navigating Pathways to Success: The 2016 National Beef Quality Audit - Articles Articles
Data from the 2016 audit add tremendously to the core knowledge on guideposts and measurements to help determine quality conformance of the U.S. beef supply. More
Applied Beef Cattle Management Strategies
Applied Beef Cattle Management Strategies - Workshops Workshops
Free
Strategies to improve grazing cattle. More
Beef Summer Field Day
Beef Summer Field Day - Workshops Workshops
Free
Save this date for the beef summer field day. More
Feedlot cattle in a pen, Dr. Tara Felix, Penn State Extension
Strategies to Increase Value of Marketed Beef Calves - Workshops Workshops
Free
Discussions will focus on feeding weaned calves to maximize performance and on strategies to market calves to PA feedlots. More
Considerations for Retained Ownership of Feeder Cattle
Considerations for Retained Ownership of Feeder Cattle - Articles Articles
Retaining ownership of feeder cattle beyond the traditional time of sale at or near weaning is an option some cow-calf producers may consider. More
Photo by Brian Prechtel. USDA ARS
Are Our Cattle Too Good? - News News

Are Our Cattle Too Good?

05/31/2017

Beef cattle producers are rightfully proud of producing a "good" product but sometimes go to extremes on weight endpoints to achieve this product. More
Partial Budgeting
Partial Budgeting - Online Courses Online Courses

Partial Budgeting

2

2 hours

$39.00
Partial budgeting is a tool that helps farm managers assess the possible financial impact of a change in resources, such as purchasing new equipment. More
Beef Production and Management
Beef Production and Management - Online Courses Online Courses

Beef Production and Management

7

19 hours

$199.00
This online course about raising beef cattle covers breeds, establishing facilities, nutrition and reproduction, and marketing and finances. More
Implant being placed in the ear of a calf.
Implants Used in Beef Cattle are Safe and Efficacious - Articles Articles
Beef from cattle that have had implants administered is safe for human consumption and contains far less estrogenic activity than many other foods. More
2016 LEC Dairy Beef Wrap-up
2016 LEC Dairy Beef Wrap-up - Articles Articles
This report summarizes the efforts of the PA Beef Producers Working Group in 2016. More
Understanding Beef Carcass Yields and Losses During Processing
Understanding Beef Carcass Yields and Losses During Processing - Articles Articles
Understanding the factors involved in estimating the amount of beef derived from the live animal will assist cattle producers who directly market their beef. More
Early Weaning Calves
Early Weaning Calves - Articles Articles

Early Weaning Calves

John W. Comerford

Early weaning calves will be an effective management tool for many breeders and will improve subsequent performance of the cow herd. More
The Most Valuable Investment in the Beef Herd - The Bull
The Most Valuable Investment in the Beef Herd - The Bull - Articles Articles
This article discusses the decision-making process in buying a bull. More
Best Management Practices
On-Farm Land Use: Regulations and Environmental Stewardship - Articles Articles
Northeast beef cattle owners are faced with implementing best management practices, as well as adhering to local, statewide and national regulations. More
Controlled Calving Season is Controlled Management
Controlled Calving Season is Controlled Management - Articles Articles
The key to successful management in a cow herd is being able to plan health, feeding, and marketing programs that will be effective and efficient. More
Crop Cents Mobile App
Crop Cents Mobile App - Tools and Apps Tools and Apps

Crop Cents Mobile App

Timothy Beck, Virginia A. Ishler, Robert C. Goodling, Jr.

CropCents is a mobile app that calculates actual costs to produce home raised feeds for crop, dairy, and beef producers. More
Replacement Heifers: Management Options Benefit Bottom Line
Replacement Heifers: Management Options Benefit Bottom Line - Articles Articles
Reproduction is the most influential factor contributing to the profitability of a cow calf producer. More
Managing Livestock Mortalities Managing Livestock Mortalities - Articles
Proper management of animal mortalities on the farm has important implications in nutrient management, herd health, as well as farm family and public health. More
Raising livestock for direct-to-consumer meat sales requires careful record keeping and analysis to determine profitable pricing.
How Much Should You Charge? Pricing Your Meat Cuts - Articles Articles
Pricing meat for direct-to-consumer sales. More
Beef Cattle in feedlot
Feeding Beef Cattle - Articles Articles

Feeding Beef Cattle

Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., John W. Comerford

Beef cattle feeding is possible on small and part-time farms, but the cost of feeding drops significantly as the size of the operation increases. More
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